Enjoy a special episode of the official Marvel podcast with all the big news coming out of E3!

It’s a special edition of the official Marvel podcast! Ryan and Christine give you all the Marvel Games news  you missed from E3! They chat “Marvel’s Spider-Man” for PlayStation 4 with Insomniac Games (1:24), “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” with TT Games (16:58) and “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite” with Capcom (32:54)!

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Travel the timestream to learn the true story of the master villain!

Since the early days of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Kang the Conqueror has agitated the Avengers and then some with his mastery of multiple eras and desire to add the Marvel Universe to his empire. On November 14, the time tyrant takes on a new role as central antagonist in the “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2,” creating a campaign that crisscrosses all reality and space.

Before you play the game, discover the story behind this agent of chronological chaos with the History of Kang!

Though shrouded in mystery, the origins of the time-despot known as Kang may be pieced together not only from records of his clashes with Earth’s many champions, but also his own words. Once assembled, a picture of the so-called “Conqueror” stands out in stark relief, an ongoing saga of ambition, greed, and tyranny.

A man named Nathaniel Richards, who claimed to be a scholar born in the year 3000, utilized a time-travel device created by Victor Von Doom, a supposed ancestor of his, to flee a future world that may or may not come to pass. Setting the device to whisk him away to a time nearly 6000 years before his own, Richards arrived in the land and era of the pharaohs of Earth’s ancient Egypt and fashioned a dynasty for himself. As Rama-Tut, he held the people of the region in thrall while he attempted to subjugate the mutant En Sabah Nur to do his twisted bidding.

Rama-Tut’s rule stretched on through the years until the time-traveling Fantastic Four landed in his kingdom from the future and challenged his authority. The faux-pharaoh made the famous heroes his slaves, but their ingenuity and will to be free broke the despot’s grip on them and he fled into an alternate dimension, leaving only vague evidence of his reign as Rama-Tut behind. The Fantastic Four returned to their own time, unsure of exactly who they fought or if they’d ever clash with him again.

Richards traveled through space and time, licking his wounds and plotting his revenge. During this period he came across none other then Doctor Doom, lost just outside the orbit of the planet Jupiter around the sun. Together, the two villains suggested they might possibly be the same person, not merely related, and made a pact to not endanger each other by battling the Fantastic Four as a single unit. The future-Kang then returned Doom to Earth and continued on his way.

Fantastic Four (1961) #19

Fantastic Four (1961) #19

  • Published: October 10, 1963
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Penciller: Jack Kirby
  • Cover Artist: Jack Kirby
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An accident involving the energy that powered his ship sent Richards hurtling farther into the future then he intended, where he discovered warring armies on Earth and the opportunity to refashion himself as The Scarlet Centurion. Under the cloak of a supposed chronal imbalance in the timestream, the tyrant forced the Avengers to fight an earlier version of the team from an alternate timeline, but lost to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in the end.

Unhappy with his unsuccessful forays into time and smarting from battle with those who opposed his advances, Richards concentrated on an ultimate persona to operate under, and thus Kang the Conqueror rose up to dominance over all. For his first, real campaign as Kang, he turned his attention back to the Avengers at a time when their limited experience as a well-honed fighting unit might serve him well…

Check Out: FANTASTIC FOUR #19, FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #2, AVENGERS ANNUAL #2, RISE OF APOCALYPSE #14

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The upcoming game adds two Inhuman powerhouses plus a symbiote soldier!

At E3 2017 last week, our friends at TT Games revealed some new playable characters joining the roster of “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2.” Agent Venom, hot off his run as a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy, will help players in the game’s open world, while Inhuman favorites Lockjaw and Medusa will play into the game’s story. Fans of these heroes—and how can you not be a fan of LEGO Lockjaw? He’s adorable!—will surely be excited to play them in-game, so we wanted to get some more details, straight from the source.

We grabbed a few minutes during the gaming convention’s madness to speak to Arthur Parsons, Head of Design at TT Games, and gather what new info we could.

Marvel.com: Agent Venom is back from outer space! How does the symbiote-powered, former military man factor into “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2?”

Arthur Parsons: Agent Venom is a great character to bring to the “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” roster. You’ll encounter him in the Chronopolis Open Hub World as part of the free play quests. Being an expert marksman, Flash Thompson is an awesome character to play as in the game, especially due to his super-human strength and skilled combat abilities. He may also have a trick or two that we hope to share with players later on.

Marvel.com: Alongside Agent Venom, a couple of Inhuman favorites were just revealed. Getting to play as Lockjaw is a brand new kind of experience for Marvel fans. What is he like in the game? Does the character have any special abilities?

Arthur Parsons: Lockjaw’s LEGO character is adorable, definitely a favorite of mine. The animation team at TT Games has given him a real personality so it’s great to bring him into the LEGO Marvel videogame series for the first time ever. He’s able to teleport, which is really useful at different points in the game, especially given the emphasis on time all throughout “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2.”

Marvel.com: The Inhuman Queen Medusa—to whom Lockjaw owes his allegiance—is sure to get players excited. What role does she have to play in the game?

Arthur Parsons: Medusa plays an integral role in the game as players will need to travel to Attilan as part of the story campaign. I can’t say anymore right now, since I don’t want to spoil anything, but it is exciting to bring another great Marvel character to the series for the very first time.

Marvel.com: What will the experience be like for those who choose to play as the red-haired heroine from Attilan? Does she have special character abilities?

Arthur Parsons: Medusa is an amazing character to play as. Her red hair is the key of course, and she’s able to control her flowing locks to great effect. I think everyone is going to love seeing just what her hair can do in game.

Marvel.com: Will we see other Inhumans in “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2?”

Arthur Parsons: Well, given that we are going to Attilan as part of the story campaign, and with Lockjaw and Medusa as playable characters, it could well be the case that other Inhumans may make an appearance in the game. For now though, everyone will have to wait and see!

“LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” hits consoles on November 14, 2017—until then, stay tuned to Marvel.com and our social channels for all the latest news!

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Pre-order now to grab your own Giant-Man minifig!

Giant-Man has a monumental part to play in the story of “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2.” In the multiverse adventure that pits our heroes against the villainous Kang the Conqueror, this version of Hank Pym becomes a primary member of your team. He’ll help heroes from various dimensions within the Marvel Universe dispatch the time-travelling baddie and…well, really we should let the man in charge explain.

We sat down with Arthur Parsons, Head of Design at TT Games, to see just how large Giant-Man’s appearance in the game will be.

Marvel.com: Giant-Man is making a big appearance in “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2.” How did his role in the game’s story come to be?

Arthur Parsons: Giant-Man is making a massive appearance in “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2,” and the reason he’s involved all revolves around how we wanted to tie the game together. We have a truly epic story spanning multiple Marvel realities and teams of heroes battling the time travelling Kang the Conqueror across Chronopolis, and as such we wanted to ensure that the gigantic scale of the story makes sense to the player. So, we have Giant-Man’s love interest Janet Van Dyne—[aka The] Wasp—directing operations from Avengers Mansion. Given that “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” features characters from different time periods and realities, we wanted to bring a different version of Hank Pym to the forefront, hence why we picked this version of Giant-Man—aka Goliath. Having the interplay between him and Wasp, as well as a scientific head-to-head with Tony Stark really makes for some great fun.

Marvel.com: Have you always been a fan of the character?

Arthur Parsons: Absolutely, I’ve always been an enormous fan of Hank Pym, so it’s great to bring a completely different version of him to our game.

Marvel.com: What can you tell us about this expanded role in the sequel’s story?

Arthur Parsons: His role in the game is tremendously important, and he is definitely a character that brings light relief to some very dramatic and serious scenes throughout the game. He is also a vital part as the game builds to a crescendo, where he works with Tony Stark to open a portal rift to…actually I’m at risk of giving spoilers away here so let’s just stick to the fact that he has a colossal role in the “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” story! You’ll have to wait to see just how substantial that role is.

Marvel.com: Does the Giant-Man character in the game have any special abilities?

Arthur Parsons: Giant-Man has some great abilities in the game; he can grow to a huge size, while also able to shrink down to the size of an ant. While tiny, he can infiltrate mechanisms to solve puzzles and has a couple of other secret cool abilities that everyone can experience when they get the game on November 14.

Marvel.com: Given the size of his part in the story, the Giant-Man minifig seems to be a very natural pairing with the physical Deluxe Edition—available for pre-order now—wouldn’t you say?

Arthur Parsons: Giant-Man is definitely the perfect partner for the Deluxe Edition, as they are both huge in size! The Deluxe Edition of the game comes with early access to an awesome classic Guardians of the Galaxy Character Pack, as well as the entire Season Pass for “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2,” which is the most amazing and incredible Season Pass we’ve ever put together.

Marvel.com: Why should fans be excited about Giant-Man in “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2”?

Arthur Parsons: Fans should be not only be excited about Giant-Man, but everything that he represents: a character from a different time, from a different reality, which is what “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” is all about—a completely original story that brings Super Heroes and Super Villains together in an authentic, engaging, dramatic and really funny way.

Pre-order the Deluxe Edition of “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” today to get Giant-Man and much more!

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Join us at the Anaheim Convention Center July 14-16!

Marvel will make its way to D23 Expo’s show floor from July 14­–16 with an exciting look at its upcoming film titles in the Marvel Studios Pavilion, featuring an array of props and costumes from the Studios’ upcoming slate, including “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Black Panther,” and more. Fans will also be able to enjoy all-new console and mobile Marvel Games, plus incredible exclusive content and announcements throughout the weekend!

In Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive the Grandmaster’s gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk. Fans will get an up-close look at the costumes and props from “Thor: Ragnarok,” as well as photo opportunities with exclusive set pieces from the film.

The incredible costumes from “Black Panther” will also be on display. “Black Panther” follows the journey of T’Challa after the events of Marvel Studios’ “Captain America: Civil War,” where he returns to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new leader.

In addition to the exciting props and costumes on display, Marvel Studios will host multiple giveaways and events within its pavilion space in Hall B. Fans will get the chance to meet with Marvel Studios’ filmmakers, development team, and talent. Exclusive artwork will be given away daily, along with other surprises. Details on talent appearances and special signings will be made available on the D23 Expo app.

For the first time at D23 Expo, guests will be able to get their hands on the hottest new console and mobile games featuring favorite Marvel Super Heroes, playing as the world-famous Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man, and more!

  • “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” is an all-new, original adventure and sequel to the smash hit “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes.” Bringing together iconic Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains from different eras and realities, along with signature LEGO humor, the latest epic adventure from TT Games transports players into a cosmic battle across myriad Marvel locations ripped from time and space into the incredible open hub world of Chronopolis.
  • Adding to the infinite excitement of D23 Expo, “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite” will offer attendees hands-on opportunities with the next era of the highly revered action-fighting game series. Marvel and Capcom universes collide like never before as iconic characters team up for action-packed player-versus-player combat. “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite” features a variety of exciting and accessible single-player modes and rich multi-player content for new players and longtime fans alike and will be released on September 19, 2017, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
  • Gazillion will offer a chance to play “Marvel Heroes Omega” and win fantastic prizes. “Marvel Heroes Omega” combines the core gameplay style of Action-RPGs and MMOs with an expansive library of heroes from the Marvel Universe. With thousands of hours of character progression and rewards, “Marvel Heroes Omega” comes packed with tons of replay value and a steady stream of new challenges with regular updates.
  • Netmarble is bringing its best to D23 Expo with “Marvel Future Fight.” Featuring 120 Marvel Super Heroes to choose from, players create teams of their favorites to fight for their future. D23 Expo attendees can try their hand at saving the universe.
  • “Marvel Puzzle Quest” is where the best in match-3 puzzle gameplay meets Marvel’s biggest Super Heroes and Super Villains in the most epic puzzle adventure game available on your phone, tablet, and PC. “Marvel Puzzle Quest” combines favorite Marvel characters with deep RPG leveling, player-versus-player tournaments, Alliances, and much more. Guests can unleash their inner Super Hero and wage war against their enemies. Learn more at marvelpuzzlequest.com.

Marvel will present incredible panels during D23 Expo, including the fan-favorite Cup o’ Joe on Friday, July 14, at 1:15 PM PT in the D23 Expo Arena, featuring Chief Creative Officer of Marvel, Joe Quesada, in a no-holds-barred panel of everything Marvel! That same day at 6:00 PM PT on Stage 28, Marvel Animation presents a surprise-filled panel of sneak peeks, special guests, exclusive footage, and big announcements about the future of Marvel Animation on Stage 28. Details will be available on the D23 Expo app.

Tickets for D23 Expo 2017 are available for $81 for one-day adult admission and $59 for children 3–9. Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can purchase tickets for $72 for a one-day adult admission and $53 for children 3–9. Multi-day tickets are also available. For more information on tickets and D23 Expo 2017, visit D23Expo.com.

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Travel to Chronopolis and more with Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 this fall!

As previously announced last week, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, The LEGO Group and Marvel Entertainment announced “LEGO® Marvel Super Heroes 2,” will be hitting shelves later this year. The all-new, original adventure and sequel to Lego Marvel Super Heroes brings together iconic Marvel Super Heroes across different eras and realities to battle the time-traveling conqueror, Kang!

Players can call upon heroes like Star-Lord, Spider-Gwen, Gladiator Hulk, Cowboy Captain America, and more, to go head-to-head in an epic battle across Chronopolis, an open world hub where all of Marvel realities like Wakanda and The Old West to New York City in 2099 and Sakaar converge. “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” features a four-player multiplayer mode that allows friends and family to play competitively or unite cooperatively as a team.

“LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” picks up where the story ended in the first game with the Guardians of the Galaxy’s arrival just as the Avengers defeated Galactus. Players will remember from the tag that Nick Fury thanks the Guardians for showing up despite not needing their assistance. However, Star-Lord replied they’re on Earth for an entirely different reason. AVENGERS veteran Kurt Busiek has co-written the story for the game.

During a demo game play at a press preview event, TT Games’ Head of Design Arthur Parsons revealed the game opens moments before the Guardians landed on Earth  in the Milano. Their trip disrupted, the Guardians must battle a Celestial that Kang saved from the end of time. The Guardians’ only shot at beating the Celestial involves manipulating time. Parsons stressed the vital theme seen throughout the game is time — characters running out of time, characters coming from different periods of time, things being manipulated in time, etc. While players can manipulate time for their advantage, it can also be used against you by Kang and other enemies.

What’s a LEGO game without its charm and playfulness? Fans will delight in the fact that several characters will have quirky features. Two noteworthy features we saw during the presentation included Star-Lord’s Walkman, once played mid-battle, stops everything resulting in a Guardians dance break, while Spider-Gwen can bring in her drum set for a mini rock-out.

“LEGO® Marvel Super Heroes 2” will be available starting November 14, 2017 for PlayStation®4, Xbox One®, and PC. The game will be released for Nintendo Switch™ later this year.

Stay tuned to Marvel.com and @MarvelGames and @LEGOMarvelGame on Twitter for the latest on LEGO® Marvel Super Heroes 2!

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Marvel heroes and villains from different eras and realities come together for epic adventure!

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, The LEGO Group and Marvel Entertainment today announced LEGO® Marvel Super Heroes 2, an all-new, original adventure and sequel to the smash hit, LEGO® Marvel Super Heroes. Bringing together iconic Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains from different eras and realities, along with signature LEGO humor, the latest epic adventure from TT Games transports players into a cosmic battle across a myriad of Marvel locations ripped from time and space into the incredible open hub world of Chronopolis. LEGO® Marvel Super Heroes 2 will be available starting November 14, 2017 for PlayStation®4, Xbox One®, and PC. The game will be released for Nintendo Switch™ later this year.

“With a completely original branching storyline, LEGO® Marvel Super Heroes 2  introduces amazing new gameplay features, including the ability for characters to manipulate time and a four-player competitive Super Hero battling mode,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games. “With a huge array of brand new characters from the Marvel Universe, including old favorites in new guises, this game is sure to thrill both LEGO and Marvel fans, as well as newcomers to the series.”

“The LEGO Group is delighted to continue the stories of the legendary Marvel characters in a new LEGO adventure,” said Sean McEvoy, VP Digital Games, The LEGO Group. “Fans young and old will love playing through this all-new cosmic saga spanning the Marvel Universe as seen through the LEGO lens.”

“As we look to bring amazing games to Marvel fans of all ages, we’ve teamed up yet again with our incredible partners at LEGO, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games,” said Jay Ong, SVP, Games & Innovation, Marvel Entertainment. “LEGO® Marvel Super Heroes 2 brings characters from across Marvel’s history into an original story told in a way that only LEGO games can, offering hours of epic gameplay.”

Players will go head-to-head with the time-traveling Kang the Conqueror in an epic battle across Chronopolis, from Ancient Egypt and The Old West to Sakaar and New York City in 2099. Along the way, gamers will be able to take control of a host of iconic characters, from Cowboy Captain America from the past to Spider-Man 2099 from the future along with Thor, Hulk, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, Green Goblin, and dozens of other Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains.

Packed with entertaining LEGO humor for fans of all ages, LEGO® Marvel Super Heroes 2 features a four player multiplayer mode, allowing friends and family to play competitively or cooperatively as a team.

Stay tuned to Marvel.com and @MarvelGames on Twitter for the latest on LEGO® Marvel Super Heroes 2!

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